This is my world of cycling and just a fun way for me to share my experiences, thoughts and joy I have for cycling. Thanks for visiting Cycle Jabber and good luck in your training! Dirk Friel

Friday, October 20, 2006


Greg Henderson and I at the T-Mobile meetings.

Axel Merckx, Gear Fisher and Aaron Olsen with Lugano in the background


T-Mobile Team Meeting, Lugano Switzerland

Gear and I attended the T-Mobile Team meetings in Lugano in mid October and had a fantastic experience.
Everyone we met was extremely gracious and welcomed us with enthusiasm. There is truly a sense of fresh beginnings within the T-Mobile Team.

We were able to train the team doctors and riders on how to use TrainingPeaks, and Cycling Peaks WKO+ to track team training and race data. SRM's will be used by all the T-Mobile riders and is a perfect partner for TrainingPeaks services. Our collective products and technologies will work in combination with each other for the betterment of all involved in the team.

There were plenty of highlights on the trip. I can't ever forget analyzing Servais Knaven's tour de France stage victory within WKO+ and how he attached with 20 minutes to go in a stage and soloed in for the win. Another big highlight was seeing Marco Pinotti click and drag 3-years worth of training files into WKO+ and seeing him get fired up to see the endless number of graphs he can create. But maybe one of the biggest highlights was seeing Guiseppe Guerini interact with WKO+ in our fresh new Italian version. That guy is a stud and I can still, recall when he won L'Alpe D'huez after having crashed into a spectator and picking himself up off the ground a few KM's from the finish.

Bob Stapleton was also a gracious hos and is leading this team into a whole new direction. He brings much needed new ideas to a traditional sport at the perfect time.

We would like to thank our loyal customers who paved the way for all of our development over the years. Without you we could not have made it to this point where we can support a top-level team. It seems T-Mobile is now starting to catch up with what our customers have known all along... Monitor, Analyze and Plan is the smartest way to progress.

For a list of all the T-Mobile Team riders for 2007 visit http://www.t-mobile-team.com/cms/tmoteam/en/archive/news/templateId=renderInternalPage/contentID=110334/id=9158.html

Look for more T-Mobile Team reports and data to come throughout the 2007 season.

Ciao
Dirk


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Monday, October 09, 2006

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?id=news/2006/oct06/oct09news2
T-Mobile Team adds Kiwi sprinter Greg Henderson and Australian rider Adam Hansen. Henderson rode for the Health Net-Maxxis squad the past three years and Hansen is most well known for winning the Crocodile Trophy mountain bike race.

Good luck guys in the big leagues!

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Gear and I are off to Italy Monday to work with the T-Mobile professional cycling team. We will be meeting with the riders, physicians, trainers and staff and will show them all aspects of the TrainingPeaks and CyclingPeaks systems.

A lot of cool data will be flowing your way this season as we work with T-Mobile men and womens programs. We hope to be able to share some great race and training data from the team as the season gets under way.

This upcoming week should be a great experience. I know the time we get with the team in 2007 will help take TrainingPeaks to a higher level as we start to learn from other professional riders and doctors what metrics they like to track and analyze. There should be a great wealth of ideas and information flowing back and forth between the team and TrainingPeaks, and as always we realize our software is never going to be complete. The is just the next step in our evolution.

Here is our official press release below. Feel free to share this:

Training Peaks Powered by SRM becomes the Official Training Software of T-Mobile Team.

Boulder, Colorado (October, 2006) - Training Peaks, LLC, the leading provider of online training and analysis software for endurance athletes and coaches, has been selected as the exclusive software provider of the T-Mobile Team . The T-Mobile Team is one of the leading professional cycling teams in the world, competing at the highest level of the Cycling Pro Tour, including the Tour de France. All T-Mobile Team coaches, physiologists, nutritionists and athletes will be equipped with Training Peaks and CyclingPeaks WKO+ software. Combined with SRM power meters, athletes will directly download their training and race data into CyclingPeaks WKO+ desktop software and then synch their files up to web accounts at TrainingPeaks.com. By incorporating both Training Peaks desktop and web services, T-Mobile team doctors and coaches will have access to rider data 24hrs a day, from any computer world wide.

Training Peaks functionality will allow the T-Mobile Team Management to monitor, analyze and plan all aspects of a rider's training program. "We are very pleased to be a part of the T-Mobile team for 2007. By using Training Peaks products the T-Mobile management and the riders have a one stop shop for collecting and analyzing data. T-Mobile Directors will also be able to easily manage travel schedules and race programs all within the Training Peaks platform. We believe we have the perfect solution for T-Mobile to stay on top of team performance," said Training Peaks business development director Dirk Friel.

Nutrition is also an important aspect of performing at the world class level and the T-Mobile riders will be able to monitor their diet and communicate that data to the team dietition within the same software platform as their cycling data. All Training Peaks accounts include a robust nutritional logging platform; connected to one of the largest nutrition databases for easy monitoring.

"T-Mobile Team improves the work and communication between riders, coaches, sport scientists and team doctors to set a new standard in training. The combination of Training Peaks & SRM is the perfect tool to collect and manage the data and will help to reach a higher quality of training and performance." says team doctor Lothar Heinrich.

This kind of proactive attitude toward monitoring, analyzing and planning all athlete data not only helps the team increase performance, it also helps the team stay in front of the doping issues plaguing cycling today. As reported by T-Mobile, their top priority is to support and enable athletes to perform better without breaking rules or risking their health.

Training Peaks is also the official coaching software provider to USA Cycling and USA Triathlon. Self-Coached athletes can use the same software as the T-Mobile Team by visiting http://www.trainingpeaks.com/ for a 7-day free trial.
Training Peaks, LLC develops and maintains http://www.trainingpeaks.com/ The Endurance Operating System for Athletes, Coaches and Active Lifestyle Participants.

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cbs4denver.com - Video Library
Imagine being half blind and trying to train for an Ironman. Well check out this video of my friend Michael Stone which was highlighted on Channel 4 news in Denver. Michael is slowly going blind with a degenerative disease and is also competing in Ironman this year. He is raising money for the fight against blindness and this will be his first Ironman Kona World Championships.

Go Michael!

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